Amelio Robles: an old soldier’s walk. Photography and masculinity in the Mexican Revolution

This article discusses the radical and permanent masculinization of a young peasant woman during the Mexican Revolution. The argument unfolds on two levels of analysis. On one hand, it refers to Roble’s transgendering process. His social and subjective identity as well as his bodily appearance are masculinized through a very effective use of the cultural resources available in an isolated region of rural Mexico in the early twentieth century: gender performance - pose, gestures and attire -studio portraiture, and sensationalist journalism. On the other hand, the article locates Robles transgendering process within the contested rhetorics of gender of postrevolutionary Mexico, a strongly nationalist discourse, with homophobic and transphobic tones

Mexican Revolution; Transgender; Masculinity; Gender Performance

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